Dr. Caroline D. Bergeron, a 2015 University of South Carolina graduate, has been appointed to serve on the editorial board of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), which aims to advance public health research, policy, practice and education. Dr. Bergeron graduated with a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB) from the Arnold School of Public Health. Her term will begin at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Denver this October.
[Photo: Dr. Caroline D. Bergeron]
As a board member, Dr. Bergeron will help develop and review the Journal’s strategic plan and policy issues and provide direction and advice to the Journal’s editors and staff. The board also serves as a link to APHA members and readers, representing their interests by ensuring their viewpoints are shared. Every year, the Board provides a report to the Association’s Executive Board/Governing Council to share progress and setbacks, allowing a transparent assessment of the Journal’s performance.
Since 2012, Dr. Bergeron has been actively involved in the American Public Health Association serving as an abstract reviewer, campus liaison, and student representative of the Aging & Public Health Section. In addition, she served as student representative on the Journal’s editorial board, becoming familiar with its roles and responsibilities while contributing to raising awareness of its different audiences including students and early career investigators. During this time, she assisted in the adoption of the Journal’s “Outstanding Early Career Trainee Paper Award” and co-authored a key editorial with advice on publishing in the Journal. In addition, Dr. Bergeron has been an ad hoc manuscript reviewer for a variety of communication and health promotion journals, such as the American Journal of Health Behavior, Health Promotion Practice, Journal of Medical Internet Research, and the Journal of Health Communication.
“During my appointment on the editorial board, I want to be an advocate for this top public health journal,” Dr. Bergeron says. “I aim to contribute to the development of the Journal’s strategic plan and policies and help the journal progress toward those goals.”
Originally from Canada, Dr. Bergeron worked at all levels of government, including at the regional level at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, in several of the country’s federal departments (e.g., Department of Justice Canada, Department of National Defence, Veterans Affairs Canada) and at the international level with the United Nations Department of Public Information before she was drawn to the Arnold School for its practice-focused DrPH program. “I knew the DrPH program would help me develop a broad range of core competencies such as advocacy and leadership skills that I would need for my future career in public health as well as research, teaching, and service experience that I would need for an academic career,” she says. During her doctoral studies, she gained practical public health experience working at the Public Health Agency of Canada in Ottawa, Canada as well as the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark.